BSc in Pharmaceutical Science

Bachelor of SciencePharmaceutical Science

Full Time
2019 CAO range:
        207 - 589
Cork Road
3 years
180 ECTS

What is Pharmaceutical Science?

Pharmaceutical science combines a broad range of scientific subjects that are important for the discovery, development and manufacture of drugs and therapies.

What is the BSc in Pharmaceutical Science Course?

  • This is a three year degree aimed at producing graduates in pharmaceutical science.

  • Students will cover areas of chemical, biological and analytical sciences of particular relevance to the pharmaceutical industry. 

  • Quality management is also covered which is very important for this area. 

  • A project will be completed in year 3 where the student works independently in a particular research area.

  • The course allows you to obtain a worthwhile qualification after three years of study.

  • It allows a more flexible progression to further qualifications such as transfer to the fourth year of a related honours degree at WIT or elsewhere.

Pharmaceutical Science at WIT

Students are exposed to a wide range of state-of-the-art instrumentation and equipment at WIT and learn from researchers actively involved in cutting edge areas such as separation science, pharmaceutical drug delivery, biotechnology and environmental science.

In order to facilitate the delivery of programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, module outline and order may change slightly for the academic year 2020/2021.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Introductory BiologyCell Biology & Biochemistry
Introductory ChemistryPhysical & Organic Chemistry
Introductory PhysicsPhysics for Scientists
Introductory MathematicsMathematics for Scientists
Introduction to ICT for ScientistsIntroduction to Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Science
Good Laboratory Practice & Core Skills Choose one of the following electives:
*Science & Society
*Forensic Science
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Organic Chemistry and BiomoleculesPharmaceutical Organic Chemistry
Spectroscopic TechniquesChromatographic and Electrophoretic Techniques
Physical ChemistryInorganic Chemistry
Statistics for ScientistsEnvironmental Monitoring
Pharmaceutical ScienceBiopharmaceutical Science
Laboratory Data Analysis and PresentationApplied Mathematics for Scientists
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Total Quality ManagementAdvanced Spectroscopic Analysis
Chromatographic Method Development and ValidationSensors and Electroanalysis
Pharmaceutical BiotechnologyResearch Project
Pharmaceutical and Natural ProductsLaboratory Data Modelling
Industrial Processing and Operations Inorganic and Structural Chemistry
Introduction to Research MethodsPhysical Chemistry of Materials

Leaving Cert: Minimum entry requirements for BSc in Pharmaceutical Science 

5 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7

Advanced and Equivalent Entry BSc in Pharmaceutical Science:

Entry Recommendation for BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science graduates:

Applicants should note that a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science) of Leaving Certificate is recommended for this programme.

Career Opportunities for BSc in Pharmaceutical Science graduates

The main career opportunities are in the pharmaceutical and related industries in areas such as:

  • Laboratory analysis

  • Quality assurance

  • Research and development of pharmaceutical products

  • Environmental analysis

Graduates have found widespread employment in the large number of pharmaceutical industries in the southeast and beyond.

Follow on study for BSc in Pharmaceutical Science graduates 

WD147 - BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science subject to application and/or interview.

Subsequent transfer to postgraduate courses at masters and PhD level.

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